What might have been. Suzanne SomersWas ready to do a Three’s Company reboot, but she couldn’t get all the relevant parties on board with her idea.
“I had suggested a show where you would imagine that Chrissy Snow and Jack Tripper eventually got married and they had a child,” the Dancing With the Stars alum, 75, said during the Tuesday, April 26, episode of the “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast. Somers was Chrissy’s roommate on the beloved sitcom. John Ritter was her roommate.
The 8 Simple RulesThe alum, who was 54 years old, died in 2003. However, his former costar had a solution. Somers thought John’s eldest son, Jason Ritter, could play Chrissy and Jack’s son, while John would appear in digital form.
“I had suggested this to Jason’s people and that the show would be me and Jason, but that John would appear as a hologram because it’d be like he was back and alive,” she explained on Tuesday. “But Jason doesn’t want to do anything reminiscent of what his father did.”
Three’s CompanyFrom 1977 to 1984, the series aired on ABC for eight seasons. The series starred Chrissy and Janet, her roommate (Joyce DeWitt) after they agreed to let Jack move in with them despite their landlord’s prohibition on mixed-gender unmarried people living together.
Somers hasn’t done a sitcom since Step by StepIt ended in 1998, but she explained that it was a Three’s CompanyThe reboot would draw her back to the small-screen. “That was the last time I got kinda turned on by thinking about doing a series again,” the California native explained.
Without Jason, however, she wouldn’t consider it. “The marketing is so much better. Suzanne Somers and John Ritter’s son, Jason,” she said of the Parenthood alum, 42. “And I guess that’s what he didn’t want, but that’s a marketer’s dream. Suzanne Somers and Fred Schmoe is not a marketer’s dream, you know what I mean?”
Somers competed in season 20 of DWTSJohn was the subject of one of her performances in 2015. She and her partner. Tony Dovolani, recreated Three’s Company set, and the actress wore pigtails in homage to Chrissy’s signature look.
“This one’s for you John,” she said in a pre-taped package, adding that she and her late costar had the kind of screen chemistry that only happens once in a lifetime. “It’s the dance that Chrissy and John never got to have.”